Everton star beaten by only Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne in incredible statistic list

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Vitaliy Mykolenko of Everton (3L) celebrates with teammate Jack Harrison after scoring the team's first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton FC at Selhurst Park on November 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It has been revealed that Everton's Jack Harrison has only been beaten by two of the Premier League's best players when it comes to open-play assists in 2023.

Harrison, 26, joined on a season-long loan from Leeds United this summer and, despite a slow start, he's settled into life under Sean Dyche brilliantly with one goal and three assists in six Premier League games.

Relegated with Leeds last season, Harrison was a consistent performer the Yorkshire club across three seasons in the top-flight - and a recent statistic reveal has proven just that.

According to StatsPerform, Harrison’s assist for Vitaliy Mykolenko against Crystal Palace was his 10th from open play in 2023. It meant that his total was only better by two players - Kevin De Bruyne (12) and Mohamed Salah (13).

However, he is joint-third with seven other players including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bukayo Saka and Bruno Fernandes, to name a few. Although, he has played the fewest games and second-least minutes out of any of the players he is tied with, which is very impressive. Plus, perhaps most impressively, he has the second best assist-per-match.

That right-hand side for Dyche is finally more assured and he gives them a real balance that has been lacking for some time at Goodison Park. The only worry is that he is the only natural option on that flank, and only James Garner has been able to fill in, albeit out of position.

If they could manage to secure another winger in the January window, funding pending, then it would certainly allow them options and depth in case of injuries.

They had targeted the likes of Southampton's Kamaldeen Sulemana, Leeds United duo Wilfried Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville and the now-Nottingham Forest rising star Anthony Elanga, and perhaps the Championship could offer them some salvation.